Sacred men and women throughout history have understood the power of nature, using the wilderness (whether forest, beach, or desert) to cultivate an inner spirituality that in turn makes a meaningful impact on others’ lives. It’s in the wilderness, stripped from distractions, that you face yourself and your circumstances in one of the rawest and most vulnerable ways you’ll ever experience. And it’s well worth it.
Pause for a minute (actually stop reading this article) and think about the last time you incorporated a practice solely for the sake of your spiritual life.
If you can’t remember, it’s probably time you blocked out time in your schedule for yourself. This time won’t create itself; you will need to make it a priority. Unlike physical health, which often takes precedence with exercise and healthy eating, spiritual well-being is a little more elusive and can be put on the back-burner.
Put your spiritual health at the top of your list and spend some time in nature this spring or summer. Spiritual retreats are a great way to fill your cup and come back to yourself, especially those where you get to spend time outside in nature.
This July, Deepak Chopra is heading to Banff National Park for a six-Day Signature Meditation and Yoga Retreat. If you’re looking to get away from it all—to slow down, reflect, reenergize, and create a foundation for cultivating purpose in your life—join us in Banff.
The benefits of engaging in this type of retreat are vast. From clarity to purpose, you will walk away feeling refreshed and with a renewed sense of who you are.
Gain a Clear Sense of Direction and Purpose for Your LifeWithout a clear sense of direction for your life, you can feel like you’re running a marathon with no end in sight. By tuning in to the voice of your soul and learning to attend to your innate desires, you can better lead a life of fulfillment and joy. Away from your daily distractions, you can become rooted in the knowledge that you are powerful beyond measure to fulfill any dream that lies within you.
By quieting your thoughts and attuning to your soul, you can master your ability to manifest anything. Discover the easiest way to find calm and carry it with you, so you never lose access to your true self even when life gets chaotic. When you quiet yourself, clarity comes naturally. It’s important to pay attention to what arises in the front of your mind as the noise and chaos fade away.
Manifest Your Deepest DesiresBy taking the time to step away, you are better able to tap into your deepest potential to manifest your desires with effortless ease. Without being swept into the constant churn of striving toward perfection, you become aware of the choices you are making in every moment, and how those choices shape your being.
Time in nature provides an opportunity to tune into the wisdom of your body, so you’ll know instantaneously if a choice you’re making supports your true self or not. You will be able to better discover the most effective way to move your ego out of your way of receiving, and open yourself to the great abundance of the universe. Discover how to hold a powerful intention to create something you really want and release attachment to receiving it, trusting that the universe will deliver what you need.
Release Limiting BeliefsIn a world where comparison is so easily accessible (think social media and advertising), negative and limiting beliefs can disrupt your ability to step fully into who you are. Stepping away from that comparison game, you are faced with only yourself, and the greatness that is inside you. By releasing these limiting beliefs, you uncover your innate gifts and talents to unlock your highest potential.
Learn to give up criticizing and judging yourself by catching and correcting negative or judgmental thoughts toward yourself or others.
Shed Layers of Accumulated StressAt one point in human biological development, stress was a powerful tool. It provided a way to survive in the wild. Fortunately now, you don’t always need to be on the lookout for danger, but stress still creeps in, debilitating your ability to enjoy life and wreaking havoc on your physical and mental states.
By escaping into nature, you can become present, letting go of spiritual blocks, including resistance, anxiety, depression, and worry, that lead to stress in your daily life. Free yourself from the prison of your past conditioning and step out of the roles and stories that no longer serve you. Master techniques to not just manage, but embrace uncertainty, recognizing it as the fertile ground of pure creativity and freedom.